Nobel Peace Prize a boon as EU faces testing times
Published on Oct 12, 2012 5:27 PM
BRUSSELS (AFP) - The Nobel Peace Prize comes at a testing time for the European Union, which has brought the continent peace and democracy for over half a century but is struggling to weather its biggest crisis since the bloc was created in the 1950s.
"It is an honour that should have come a long time ago," said Mr Jean-Dominique Guiliani, head of the Robert Schuman Foundation, set up to honour the French politician who drove the first steps towards the EU more than 60 years ago.
Long-time adversaries France and the then West Germany agreed in 1950 to put their coal and steel industries under a single authority to show, in Mr Schuman's words, "that a war between France and Germany becomes not only unthinkable but materially impossible".
The European project "calmed a continent scarred by wars whose horrors culminated in the 20th Century with two world wars among the most terrible of them all," Mr Guiliani said.
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